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Model-T truck restored for Creston Museum

12/09/2014 01:23 EST | Updated 02/08/2015 05:59 EST
The engine on the 1921 Model-T Ford truck at the Creston Museum was recently started for the first time in seven years.

"We just made it go. Put all the parts back together on it, and away it went," Skip Bradford, one of the museum volunteers told Daybreak South's Chris Walker.

The vehicle was raised on blocks, but the wheels were spinning. Bradford said the next step is to fix the steering and the breaks.

The truck in question is bigger and more powerful than a typical Model-T, and part of the Creston Valley's agricultural history. 

Bradford said it arrived in Creston in 1936, from North Dakota.

"It was bought as a cabin chassis, so the people who bought the thing made their own wooden cab for it and put their own deck on the back, so it's a very unique Ford truck," he said.

While the truck itself is unique, Bradford was able to use parts from the commonly found Model-T.

Bradford's daughter Tammy Hardwick is the manager of the museum, and he said she was instrumental in the push to get the truck up and running again.

"She's been bugging me for years to come and get some of this stuff going," he said.

"The people I associate with [at the museum] believe if you're going to have an artifact it should be working if possible."

Bradford said the Model-T should be road ready mid-March. The museum also has a number of antique engines and a few tractors it's also planning to restore.

He says once all the restorations are done, the museum plans to hold a "blue smoke and noise day" to show off the vehicles.

Bradford is volunteering his time to the project, and said working on the old truck is a labour of love.

"I love old machinery. I love to get the stuff going and see it come alive again."

To hear more about the Creston Museum's Model-T truck, click on the audio clip labelled: Model-T truck rebuilt for Creston museum.

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